A Family Home Of Style And Function

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The sandstone exterior of this property gives little indication to the history of the site. This Bellevue Hill house was originally built by the church as a home for priests, almost 100 years ago.

When interior designer and her husband James purchased the property, there was a serious overhaul ahead of them to open up their historic home. They now share their elegant abode with daughters Romy (5) and Eva (3), and a Hungarian Viszla called Winnie. With twins on the way (in June!) this incredible house is about to feel a whole lot fuller!

27th March, 2019

The entrance foyer of interior designer Melissa Marshall’s STUNNING Bondi home. Custom solid limestone pedestal table. Turned Italian marble floors from . Murano glass chandelier from New York. Artwork by . Photo – . Styling – .

A quiet moment in the dining room. Den Holm vase on antique stone pedestal from . wall light.  fabric for curtains from Boyac. Photo – . Styling – .

Gorgeous Melissa, who is due to add twins (a boy and a girl) to her family in June! Custom solid limestone pedestal table. Turned Italian marble floors from . Murano glass chandelier from New York. Custom sheepskin ottoman by Melissa. Outdoor teracotta pots from . Photo – . Styling – .

I mean…have you ever seen a more idyllic entryway? ADORE this custom Den Holm table – the perfect piece for this space! Photo – . Styling – .

Custom solid limestone pedestal table. Turned Italian marble floors from . Murano glass chandelier from New York. Photo – . Styling – .

The sitting room. sofa. cushions. wall lights. rattan-backed chairs. Photo – . Styling – .

The sitting room. sofa. cushions. rattan-backed chairs. Photo – . Styling – .

The foyer. Artwork by Sidney Nolan. Formations side table. ‘Napoleon’ brass head sculpture. Custom tufted leather ottoman designed by Melissa. Armchair from Formations. Photo – . Styling – .

Den Holm solid limestone coffee table. matting. raffia slides. Photo – . Styling – .

Custom Den Holm solid limestone coffee table. ‘Linfield Gardens ‘ (1978) artwork Brett Whitely. Photo – . Styling – .

Looking from the sitting room into the kitchen. Antique armour from The Vault. Custom bowl pendant by Anna Charlesworth. Artwork by Susan Rothwell. Photo – . Styling – .

Not a bad kitchen view! tap. Custom made brass stools with Pelle Leather detail. Stone from . Joinery designed by Melissa. Photo – . Styling – .

Melissa and James ‘opened the whole house internally by removing walls and heightening and widening doorways.’  Formations dining table. Anna Charlesworth custom bowl pendant. Susan Rothwell artwork. Photo – . Styling – .

The master bedroom. Robyn Cosgrove wool rug. Custom blue velvet bedhead. Custom coffee table. Visual Comfort wall light. Linen from Boyac for curtains. Photo – . Styling – .

Master bedroom balcony. Photo – . Styling – .

The outdoor pool with a view! Photo – . Styling – .

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Lucy Feagins
Wednesday 27th March 2019

‘I love a home that looks interesting and unique, but that you can live in – it has to be practical.’ – Melissa Marshall.

Interior designer  and husband James purchased this sandstone home three years ago, but only moved in just over a year ago. Located in Bellevue Hill, just minutes from busy Bondi, the property is surprisingly private, and serves this (soon to be growing!) family perfectly.

The home underwent a massive overhaul before the family moved in, and Melissa’s interior design flair is evident in every corner of the home. She explains that the renovations maintained the original sandstone and majority of the exterior structure, but they ‘opened the whole house internally by removing walls and heightening and widening doorways.’ Four new doors connect the back of the house to the garden, and link to an extended veranda and pool.

Inside, every surface is new, including the doors and joinery. The renovations also converted a previously external element into an interior feature, through enclosing the stunning portico to create a large (and seriously wow-factor!) foyer entrance. Custom steel doorways welcome guests to the house, and bring a contemporary edge to the century-old sandstone structure.

Melissa works from home, and has used her interior design expertise to create a calm and peaceful house and workspace that is also robust enough for kids to play in. ‘I love a home that looks interesting and unique, but that you can live in’ she explains – ‘it has to be practical.’

The understated, refined aesthetic here has been achieved through the use of Mediterranean sandstone, and a soft, muted colour scheme. Melissa explains that she ‘kept a fairly neutral palette inside’, with rooms in white, Dulux ‘beige royal’, and the master bedroom featuring a soft green.

This serene colour scheme allows for the artworks and beloved objects to really sing, including the stunning ‘Lindfield Gardens’ painting by Brett Whiteley (yes!) which Melissa highlights as a particular favourite. Other special items include the Formations dining room table, that she admits to dreaming about ‘for years before I even had a spot for it’, and the Den Holm custom designed table in the entrance, that ‘is so dramatic and sculptural it looks and feels like art.’

The whole home has an impressive sculptural element, as the converted portico frames the entrance to the house. Here, Melissa has created a robust and refined home that reflects her own aesthetic style, as well as accommodating the needs of their young family.

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